Conclusion: Make no mistake, Haze is unoriginal and uninspiring. It was also clearly rushed, and was labeled as a killer app for the PS3 after only a few previews and clips. Never before has a Free Radical game felt so unpolished and lacking in spark. If you need any proof that the quality of games is affected by the current gaming climate, this as good as you can get.
Excerpt: It seems a terrible shame that following the recent announcement that Free Radical will effectively be no more, their legacy as one of the best and most loved independent British development studios will be forever tainted by the mediocrity of Haze . It’s beguiling to think how the developers have gone from creating such titles like the excellent TimeSplitters series and the underrated Second Sight to this, which is arguably the most disappointing high-profile big budget...
Excerpt: Some games rise to the occasion, managing to ride the wave of hype into gaming history, but others crumble. Haze, from TimeSplitters developer Free Radical, feels like a game crushed under the weight of expectation, a game that appears to have been frozen in time from four years ago. As solid as certain parts of the game are, no amount of nectar coursing through your veins will disguise the ugly truth that Haze is one of the most disappointing releases of the year.
Weak shooter with performance-enhancing drug theme
Common Sense Media
27 November 2008
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a very violent first-person shooter. Players kill enemies using guns, grenades, and other weaponry. The action is also quite bloody. The single-player plot is filled with crude language. Drug use is a core element to the game, although players cannot view characters "using" the drugs via injection or other form of intake into their body.
Excerpt: Timing’s a funny thing in gaming world. Sometimes there’s a near mystical convergence of time, quality and luck that leads to the release of a game that marks a new console with particular levels of quality and brilliance. The PS3 has been out for some time now and has been waiting on the landmark release that would make it a must-have. Haze was meant to be that game, but sadly, it isn’t.